Kristen Wiig Career Milestones
After appearing on Saturday Night Live (SNL) for six years, Kristen Wiig has become one of the most sought-after talents in film and television today. Wiig recently earned her second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live, playing such memorable characters as the excitable Target clerk, Lawrence Welk singer Doonese, the hilarious one-upper Penelope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Suze Orman, among others.
Wiig was recently seen in Greg Mottola’s Paul, opposite Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and in Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, opposite Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella; contributed her voice to Universal Pictures’ animated feature film Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell and Jason Segel; and was seen in MacGruber, based on the popular Saturday Night Live sketch, starring opposite fellow SNL cast member Will Forte and Ryan Phillippe. She recently completed filming Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids, in which she stars opposite Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph and Westfeldt.
Kristen Wiig made her big-screen debut to universal high praise as Katherine Heigl’s passive-aggressive boss in Judd Apatow’s smash-hit comedy Knocked Up. Her additional film credits include DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, with Gerard Butler and Jay Baruchel; Mike Judge’s Extract, with Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck and Mila Kunis; Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It, starring Ellen Page; Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg; David Koepp’s Ghost Town, with Ricky Gervais; and Jake Kasdan’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, another Apatow-produced film, in which she starred opposite John C. Reilly. She has also guest-starred on the Emmy-winning NBC series 30 Rock, the HBO series Bored to Death, with Jason Schwartzman, and The Flight of the Conchords.
A native of Rochester, New York, Wiig worked as a main company member of the Los Angeles-based improv and sketch-comedy troupe The Groundlings. As a Groundlings alumna, she joins the ranks of such SNL cast mates as Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz. Kristen Wiig currently resides in New York City.